How to find the best driver for your hardware

Locating the correct driver for your hardware can sometimes to prove to be more difficult than you could imagine.

Your first stop when searching for a device driver should be the manufacturer’s website. Often, they will have a Support page with many drivers available for download. Be sure to select the correct driver that exactly matches both your operating system and the specific model of the hardware. If you try to download a similar version, you will often experience hardware problems and system crashes.

Sometimes you will find that the manufacturer does not have your operating system or hardware model listed. If you are using an outdated operating system or an older piece of hardware, you are definitely going to have a difficult time finding the correct driver on the manufacturer’s website. Fortunately, the World Wide Web gives you access to other resources that you can use to locate that elusive device driver that you are seeking. If you’re lucky, you may even find it from a simple Google search. However, you must be very careful of the sites that you download from or you will risk installing viruses directly on to your system. There are several websites that specialize in `hard to find drivers’ that are trustworthy.

In other cases, the driver may match both the hardware and the operating system but still not function properly. In this situation, you must `roll back’ the driver and use the previous version. The newest version driver is always preferable, but not always required for the hardware to run. Of course, the older driver will not include all of the security upgrades and bug fixes, but at least your hardware will function.

If you have followed all of the steps and are still experiencing a driver issue, then there could be a physical hardware problem. Although the most common issue with any piece of hardware is due to the driver, there are times when the hardware itself could be faulty. If it’s a new piece of hardware, you may have bought a lemon or installed it incorrectly. It would be a good idea to make sure that everything is connected properly and functioning. If it’s an older piece of hardware, than it may have just stopped working properly (this is common in hard drives).

If you follow the simple steps listed above, you will certainly be able to diagnose any driver problem and locate one that matches your needs. The internet is full of every possible driver that you are seeking. You simply need to follow the simple plan. It may take a bit of digging, but even an outdated driver or a driver for an obscure operating system can be located.